Working together on testing and certification

Our President, Prof. John C Y Leong, and the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre (STC), Dr Richard Fung, last April signed a memorandum of understanding for the two parties to collaborate on organising seminars, technical visits and practical training. This will enable our students to obtain up-to-date industry knowledge and internship opportunities from the STC. They will also have the chance to visit large-scale local and mainland laboratories. In return, the OUHK will provide study opportunities for STC staff members. The OUHK also appointed Dr Fung as an Honorary Professor last November.

We signed another memorandum of understanding with the Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification during the Testing and Certification Day in November 2012. This will facilitate university-business collaboration on providing seminars, technical visits and practical training.

Our Vice President, Prof. Danny Wong, and the Hong Kong Systems and Services Certification Senior Director of SGS China, Mr Ben Tsang, officiated at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between the two organisations in March. Under the agreement, the signatories will collaborate on a number of initiatives to facilitate the sustainable growth of the certification industry in Hong Kong. These will include seminars, technical visits and practical training. In addition, the OUHK will provide study opportunities for SGS staff members, and SGS will provide our students with internship opportunities.

Stronger ties with the mainland

The OUHK is one of the 12 Hong Kong higher education institutions and 13 on the mainland which have agreed to strengthen their exchanges and cooperation in education and research, and actively promote economic and industrial development in both places. The 25 parties signed a memorandum of understanding in Hong Kong under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and the HKSAR Education Bureau last June. The institutions will also arrange short-term visits on a self-pairing basis.

Our President, Prof. John C Y Leong, and the Director of the International Education Exchange Centre of the Hebei Education Department, Mr Zhang Ruiguo, signed a letter of intent agreeing to explore opportunities for collaboration on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, academic exchange and research at the OUHK in October 2012.

The School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration and LiPACE will participate in the Exchange Programme for Ten Thousand People initiated by the Ministry of Education. The programme will arrange a summer school, student exchanges and internships with a number of mainland universities.

Extending partnership with UKOU

Our President, Prof. John C Y Leong, led a delegation of senior staff members to the Open University, UK (UKOU) in November 2012. During their visit, they exchanged information on academic, IT and operational developments, and explored further opportunities to work together. Prof. Leong and the UKOU’s Vice Chancellor, Mr Martin Bean, also signed a renewal Licensing Agreement and Broadcast Agreement. Selected UKOU course materials have been adapted under licence for presentation in Hong Kong ever since the OUHK’s establishment in 1989; and the two institutions have maintained a close relationship over the years.

Giving credits where they are due

The presidents of the OUHK, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hang Seng Management College and Tung Wah College last October signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the transfer of credits and student exchanges. Under the five-year agreement, the five self-financed higher education institutions will recognise the credits gained by each other’s students. They will also establish a credit transfer arrangement and encourage exchanges of students for academic studies and joint academic research.